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HARC This Week!

Posted on 29/11/2010

This week’s events at a glance.

Wednesday, 1st December, 1-2PM

Win0-05 (Windsor Building)

 “Inbox: a commission for Channel 4 exploring the interface between emotion and new technologies”

Victoria Mapplebeck

 Media Arts Departmental seminar organised by Professor John Hill.


Wednesday, 1st December, 4-5:30PM

Picture Gallery (Founder’s Building)

“The Faerie Queene Now”

(A reminder for those who have already booked a place for this event!)

Ewan Fernie (Principal Investigator) requests the pleasure of your company at a reception to mark the second phase of the multi-grantwinning Faerie Queene Liturgy Project, which is preparing Redcrosse: A New Celebration of England and St George for Windsor Castle and Manchester Cathedral next year.

 An opportunity to meet some of the many people, including scholars, poets, theologians and others, who have been involved with the Project to date, and to hear news of its progress and of the major events to come during January-May 2011.The reception will feature a reading of exclusive extracts from Redcrosse by Jo Shapcott, Andrew Shanks, Ewan Fernie and Michael Symmons Roberts.

 As part of the broader Faerie Queene Now project, the Faerie Queene Liturgy Project is supported by AHRC / ESRC Religion and Society,

LCACE, the PRS Foundation and the RHUL Annual Fund.

 If you are able to attend, please reply to the Project Administrator, Andrew Taylor, at: andrew.taylor@rhul.ac.uk

by Monday November 22 at the latest

 Further information concerning the Project may be found at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/english/faeriequeene


Thursday, 2nd December, 5-7PM

FW101 (Founder’s Building)

“Assam and the Refugee Crisis of 1971: From ‘Refugee’ to ‘Citizen’”

Antara Datta (RHUL)

Part of the Research Network South Asia series of events, organised by Dr Markus Daechsel.


Friday, 3rd December, 5-7PM

Win0-05 (Windsor Building)

 "Music and Urban Poverty in Canada”

Klisala Harrison (University of British Columbia)

 Abstract: In an era of intensifying urbanization, the regeneration of socioeconomically depressed urban areas has taken increased priority in local, national and international arenas. While neighbourhood redevelopment has been rebuilding the physical spaces of urban poverty contexts, performing arts including music frequently have played catalytic roles in the social and cultural regeneration of individuals and communities.

This seminar investigates how musical expressions may craft senses of self and bring new life possibilities for individuals in the urban renewal context of Canadian inner cities, with a focus on Vancouver, British Columbia’s Downtown Eastside. I follow street-involved people through their musical encounters and through history, with special attention to how their shared experiences of urban poverty situations shape how they understand and choose to use musicking in their daily lives.

My inspiration is a prominent goal of urban regeneration through formalized music programs, which aim to shape senses of self of marginalized sectors of populations especially in ways related to wellness levels and concrete life situations. Rather than analyzing how this goal is or is not administered by organizers or funding bodies, I am interested in moments when street-involved people claim uses of music as responses to inner city experiences, including intersecting forms of marginalization that may relate to sexual and/or physical abuse, alcohol and/or drug addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, survival sex work, criminal activity and prison experience.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Klisala Harrison is the Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Ethnomusicology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her various research projects are unified by a commitment to scholarship of engaged citizenship and social responsibility. Her Ph.D. dissertation (York University, 2008) was the first academic documentation in Canada, of what is an international trend for music to be used towards the regeneration of socioeconomically depressed urban areas. Klisala Harrison’s recent and upcoming publications include the edited volume Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Applied Ethnomusicology,an article on Aboriginal Canadian music and wellness in MUSICultures, and two chapters on music in Indigenous theatre in the book Perspectives on Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Canada. Dr. Harrison is the Vice-chairperson of the International Council for Traditional Music’s Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology.

 All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, including other HARC events and strands please see www.rhul.ac.uk/research/harc or contact us at HARC@rhul.ac.u


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